Applicants sought for Community Water-Wise Awards

Tampa Bay Water is now accepting applications for the 2014 Community Water-Wise Awards program until June 30.

The program is designed for those whose yards incorporate Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles with an attractive design. It’s open to residents, businesses, builders or other organizations in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, as well as the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and New Port Richey.

The online application is available at TampaBayWaterWise.org, and should include a brief description and photos of an applicant’s water-efficient landscape. Each entry will be evaluated and scored on-site by a Florida-Friendly Landscaping representative during regular business hours in July, but the applicant does not have to be present during the evaluation.

“It’s part of our station’s mission to try to minimize our impact on the environment, it’s kind of in our DNA,” said Paul Carrol of WMNF Radio, who won in 2012. “We separately meter the water for the irrigation of the station, so we know exactly how much we use, and we try to take that down to zero.”

Winners are awarded with a custom-made, mosaic landscape stepping stone during a ceremony presented by county commissioners, city council members or even mayors within their local government.

Tampa Bay Water is the largest wholesale water supplier in Florida, providing high-quality drinking water to its members, who in turn supply water to more than 2.3 million residents in the Tampa Bay area. Member governments include Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, as well as New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

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